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BBC One’s Eat Well For Less – Casting Call Jul 19, 2017

The production team for BBC One’s Eat Well For Less have asked that St Mary’s shares the following information:


Hi there,

I am a producer writing from the hit BBC One prime time series ‘Eat Well For Less?’ which is in currently casting for the fifth series!

My reason for writing is that we are currently on the lookout for fun and lively families who would like to save some money on their weekly shop and eat more healthily. We would love it if the school would be willing to share some information with your staff and parents in case any of them would like to apply? I’ve popped some information about the series below for you.

The show follows Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace & award winning greengrocer Chris Bavin on a mission to prove that it is possible for families to save money on their food budget without scrimping on taste and nutrition. They hope that by analysing the shopping habits of UK families, they can help to show where we can source the best and cheapest quality food.

Eating healthily and to a budget is something we feel affects most of us and we’d be really grateful if you could help us spread the word about the new series amongst your families at your school and staff by perhaps circulating a flyer or sharing something in a newsletter. I have attached a copy of the flyer to this email and we can also post paper copies out to the school if you would prefer.

If you think you know any families/households that may be interested in appearing on the programme, please do pass on our details.

Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

The Eat Well For Less Team

Second Hand Uniform Sale – 12th July Jul 11, 2017

Second hand uniform sale, 12th July, 4pm – 5:30pm in the dining hall.

Out of Hours and Summer Safeguarding- Advice for Parents Jul 7, 2017

Most of us look forward to the summer break with great excitement but for some young people it can be a time of anxiety especially for those who rely on regular face-to-face contacts with their friends or who enjoy the security and structure provided by the school day.
If you are concerned about any young person in respect of their emotional wellbeing or you feel that they are vulnerable to harm or abuse and you are uncertain whether they are receiving support you may wish to contact one of the agencies listed. Many of the agencies have established links and will ensure that your concern or query is directed to the appropriate agency.

• Call Derbyshire (Derbyshire County Council Social Services) 01629 593 193
• First Contact (Derby City Council Social Services): 01332 641172
• First Response (Staffordshire County Council Social Services) 0800 1313 126 [Emergency out of hours: 0345 604 2886]
• Child Line 0800 1111
• Online issues or exploitation contact Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP)
• Suspicion that a young person is at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation- contact Safe and Sound 01332 362120
• Advice, support and options if you, or someone you love, goes missing or runs away- 24 Hour Anonymous Helpline Text or Call 116 000
• Radicalisation/Extremist behaviour see advice on:

Or contact:

Police 101 (999 in an emergency)
Crimestoppers UK 0800 555 111

The relaxed atmosphere of a summer break can also lead to young people lowering their guard. Please continue to talk to the young people in your care about online and social media safety and encourage them to share any concerns that they have about any contacts they receive. CEOP have an excellent website called “Think u know” which can be accessed on On the website there is a “Support Tools section on the top menu from which you can access a number of informative films which you may wish to watch on your own or with young people in your care

Mrs S Cain
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Uniform Sale – 5th July Jul 5, 2017

There will be a Monkhouse uniform sale in the school Gym from 12pm-7pm today.

Year 5 Open Evening Poster May 22, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Award for exceptional 2016 results Apr 27, 2017

Award for exceptional 2016 results

St Mary’s Catholic High School wins award for exceptional 2016 results

St Mary’s Catholic High School has been nationally recognised for its exceptional 2016 performance by the Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT). Educational Outcomes data analysis from SSAT has shown that the school is in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment and in the top 20% for progress in the 2016 end of Key Stage 4 examinations.

The school’s SSAT Educational Outcome Awards will be presented at a regional celebration event held to draw attention to the work of high-achieving, improving and innovating schools and teachers.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:
“It’s my great pleasure to commend St Mary’s Catholic High School on their excellent 2016 performance, and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at an SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration event. We know how hard teachers work to ensure the success of every child. SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award recognises the professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at St Mary’s. A big thank you and well done to the pupils, staff and governors.”

Notes from Tim Benton’s Revision Seminar (March 2017) Apr 6, 2017

Notes from Tim Benton’s Seminar on Revision from March 2017 have been posted on the Revision page, here.

Childline’s For Me App Mar 31, 2017

Childline have launched a new app called “For Me”.

Further details are available here:

We hope you find this useful. It is part of our ongoing commitment to help and safeguard our young people more effectively.

Thank you

Mrs Cain
Deputy Head
Safeguarding Lead

GCSE Grades 9 to 1 Explained (Video) Mar 27, 2017

Ofqual have produced this video to help explain the change of GCSE Grades to 9 to 1.

School Direct Teacher Training with St Mary’s Catholic High School Mar 21, 2017

St Mary’s Catholic High School in partnership with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University has School Direct secondary initial teacher training places available for 2017/18 in:

Art & Design; Biology; Computing; Design and Technology; English; Geography; Mathematics; MFL; Physics; RE


School Direct Teacher Training

St Mary’s is the lead school for the School Direct programme in our local area. Our programme offers you an initial teacher education programme of the highest quality, supported by outstanding teachers in our own and partner schools at both primary and secondary level. You will gain practical hands-on experience from the start combined with a solid academic background in collaboration with our partner universities in Sheffield. We have filled our primary places for the year 2017-18 but still have places on the secondary programmes indicated. Your in school training would take place in two of our partner schools which include St Mary’s, Tupton Hall School, Brookfield Community School, Dronfield Henry Fanshaw and Highfields.

All our School Direct courses lead to both Qualified Teacher Status and either a PGCE (60 Masters’ credits) or PGDE (120 Masters’ credits) qualification. Newly Qualified Teachers who have been trained within our alliance are highly sought after by our partner schools and other schools in the local area who recognise the quality of our training programme.


Why choose the St Mary’s School Direct route?

  • Experienced and fully accredited mentors across a broad range of schools in the North East and mid Derbyshire and South Yorkshire areas.
  • School placements tailored to your strengths and interests.
  • A partnership that works with both Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam Universities to develop a programme of the highest calibre.
  • A partnership which recognises that the key to outstanding student success is in investing in the development of outstanding teachers.


What will the training be like?

  • Training lasts for one academic year starting in September 2017 and involves considerable school-based experience in partnership schools – typically four days a week (depending on the programme), with one day per week spent at University during the Autumn term
  • You will do placements in two contrasting schools
  • PGCE/PGDE and Master’s level teaching is scheduled throughout the year and takes place at either Sheffield University or Sheffield Hallam University (depending on the programme).
  • You will work with an experienced mentor throughout the programme.


What personal attributes, qualifications and experience are we looking for?

  • The motivation, commitment, resilience and ability to inspire a love of learning; these are the essential characteristics needed to successfully complete the programme and progress in your career.
  • GCSE grade C minimum (or equivalent) in English and Maths
  • A first degree at a minimum of upper second class honours is usually required however consideration will be given to exceptional applicants with a lower second class degree (must already have, or anticipate being awarded).
  • Recent observation and/or employment experience in a secondary school.
  • A pass in the DfE mathematics and English skills test.


How is the programme financed?

  • The places still available are non-salaried; the programme fees are currently £9,000.
  • Training bursaries may be available depending on DFE priorities. You can also access maintenance grants (see the Get into Teaching website for further details (


How can I apply for the programme?

  • All applications must be made via the UCAS portal (
  • Successful candidates are invited to interview. The interview involves group tasks, interaction with pupils and individual interviews.

If you require more information, please email:

Sarah Bennett

St Mary's Catholic High School, Newbold Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8AG

St Marys Catholic High School Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with Company Number 8107212 and has a registered office at Newbold Road, Upper Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8AG.

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